Mel­bourne-based funny man Ronny Chieng has taken the things that ir­ri­tate him the most and turned them into an award-win­ning show

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There are a few things that Ronny Chieng hates in life, but peo­ple un­der the age of 25 are at the top of the list.

The co­me­dian is shar­ing his pet peeves with the world on his lat­est tour Chieng Re­ac­tion.

“I thrash peo­ple un­der 25 and Ap­ple em­ploy­ees, I hate both of those groups of peo­ple, so if you hate those groups of peo­ple you will like my show,” he says.

Ronny is bring­ing a sam­ple of his show to the Gold Coast to­mor­row night after sell­ing out 22 shows at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val last year.

He’ll be per­form­ing as part of the Laugh Your Pants Off com­edy night at Jupiters The­atre along­side Ju­dith Lucy, Peter Row­sthorn, Lawrence Mooney, Troy Kinne, Ellen Briggs, Tahir, Steve Al­li­son and Jen­nifer Burke.

Chieng Re­ac­tion won Ronny the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val’s Direc­tors’ Choice award and the Syd­ney Com­edy Fes­ti­val Best Show gong.

It is one of many high­lights for Ronny in 2014, hav­ing also been nom­i­nated for an ARIA for his com­edy al­bum The Ron Way and open­ing for his hero Dave Chap­pelle.

“It was very cool to open for him,” says Ronny.

“He was a very en­cour­ag­ing, down-to-earth guy who is very ar­tic­u­late and not pre­ten­tious, but he’s very pro­found.”

Ronny has also per­formed at in­ter­na­tional com­edy fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the Just for Laughs Fes­ti­val in Mon­treal and the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val but he says he still gets ner­vous be­fore ev­ery show.

“I use the in­ter­net be­fore the show, look at cats to make me feel bet­ter, but I end up freak­ing out, pac­ing and yelling, it’s in­sane,” he says.

Chieng started per­form­ing as a co­me­dian while study­ing law at Mel­bourne Univer­sity.

“I fin­ished it (the de­gree) but I couldn’t get a job, so I stuck to com­edy,” he says.

Pic­ture: DAVID MOIR

Ronny Chieng says nerves still get the bet­ter of him be­fore each show.

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